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Green and Carlson close to new deals with Washington

Jul 15, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

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The Capitals have a pair of top-flight defensemen to get re-signed this summer in Mike Green and John Carlson. Fear not Caps fans, general manager George McPhee expects both of them to sign soon.

Chuck Gormley of hears from McPhee about the process of getting two of the team’s key blue liners back in the fold and says today is a soft deadline to get it done.

“I think we had healthy discussions with both players and there are deals to be made there. I don’t expect [Sunday] to be a big day. It’s something that will get done sooner than later. They will be deals they can live with and we can live with.”

Green and Carlson, along with next season’s big restricted free agent Karl Alzner, make up the key trio on the Caps defense. Those three are young, super talented, and in Carlson and Alzner’s case, a top-flight pairing. With the salary cap up over $70 million, getting all three taken care of shouldn’t be an issue for Washington.

  1. cheers4ablumpkin - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    No not mike green trade green and schultz to Nashville for weber. Green cant play d

  2. ludacrish05 - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Let’s go caps!

  3. Stiller43 - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Top flight defensemen? Mike green?

  4. Christian Bullock - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Gotta agree with these gents – I wouldn’t consider Green to be a top-flight defenseman.

  5. btd5504 - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Green IS a top-flight d-man if he’s healthy. For missing so much time he played very well in the playoffs. You don’t get nominated for the Norris trophy twice and not be a top d-man. His defense has improved immensely and if you don’t agree, it’s because you just don’t like the guy. He’s going to have a big year in an offensive system under Oates, just watch.

  6. rockthered1286 - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Apparently everyone posting on here didn’t pay attention to Green’s 2012, albeit abbreviated, season. His offense obviously suffered but his defense picked up noticeably. Take that into consideration and the chip on his shoulder from a rough injury plagued season and I think plenty of people will be changing their tune.

    Alzner and Carlson on the other hand have been playing together for years now and they’ve gotten to the point where they’re on the same wavelength. Must keep this pairing together.

    But me? I’m looking for Orlov in 2012-13

  7. nujerzfan - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    But the Salary cap may not be over 70 million. Or am I missing something?

    • jernster21 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      It is the salary cap based on the current CBA which expires in Sept, which could still be extended for use through next season if they both sides agreed to play through the season using the existing CBA.

      • jernster21 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        *while they continue to negotiate a new CBA.

  8. tobie1003 - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    McPhee has offered mike green $5 million and John Carlson $825,000. I like green, and am a caps fan, but this seems to be a little backwards. Carlson, at this point is the more valuable player!!

    • bcjim - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

      This ridiculous Caps hatred continues unabated. So much disinformation and internet BS gets trotted out over and over. The facts are:

      Green is an excellent player and pretty good defensively.

      Offensively skilled dmen are light years more valuable than guy that cant move a puck.

      Carlson played poorly, imo, for parts of last year but really played great down the stretch and in the playoffs.

      Alex Semin has 408pts in his last 469 gp. Zach Almighty has 378 in his last 421.

      • bcjim - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:17 AM

        Oops, did not mean to imply Carlson cannot carry a puck. He is fine offensively, was comparing offensive dmen to those that are all thumbs, thats all.

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